[AI] Now, a car for the blind

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Sun Jul 4 07:52:12 EDT 2010


Hai: 

Accidents happen not because people can't see, but because people fail
to see. 

Subramani 



-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of aisha
sahani
Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2010 10:50 AM
To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: Re: [AI] Now, a car for the blind

interesting development, but i am   afraid this is just going to be a
showpiece.
with increasing accidents  even with sighted people, i don't know how
this car will perform on the road when a blind person would be driving
the same.

objects and bumps on the road are the hurdles and i don't know how
will they be overcome.
anyway, interesting knowing about it.


aisha sahani.


On 7/3/10, George Abraham <george at eyeway.org> wrote:
> Wonder how this car would perform on Indian roads. Further, the
question
> would be, will the blind driver in India get a drivers license -----
> Original Message -----
> From: "Gopalakrishnan" <gopalakrishnan_vip at yahoo.co.in>
> To: "Access India" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2010 8:04 AM
> Subject: [AI] Now, a car for the blind
>
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> S & T
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> Technology
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> Now, a car for the blind
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> London, July 2, 2010
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> PTI
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> Scientists are inching closer to develop a special car, which can be
driven
> by blind motorists.
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>
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> The unique car, expected to be built as early as next year, will be
equipped
> with a new technology that would help a sightless person to get behind
the
> wheel.
>
>
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> The technology, called non-visual interfaces, will guide its driver
through
> traffic by transmitting information about nearby vehicles or objects.
>
>
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> Vibrating gloves or streams of compressed air directed behind the
wheel are
> among the options for communicating the information needed to avoid
> collisions and reach a destination.
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>
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> The National Federation of the Blind of the U.S. and Virginia Tech,
which
> are jointly developing the car, said they hope to demonstrate a
prototype of
> the car in 2011, the Telegraph reported.
>
>
>
> "We're exploring areas that have previously been regarded as
unexplorable,"
> said Dr. Mark Maurer, president of the National Federation of the
Blind.
>
>
>
> "We're moving away from the theory that blindness ends the capacity of
human
> beings to make contributions to society."
>
>
>
> Mr. Maurer first came up with the idea that the blind could drive
about a
> decade ago when he launched the organisation's research institute.
>
>
>
> "Some people thought I was crazy, and they thought, 'Why do you want
us to
> raise money for something that can't be done?' Others thought it was a
great
> idea," Dr. Maurer said.
>
>
>
> "Some people were incredulous. Others thought the idea was
incredible."
>
>
>
> The vehicle is based in Virginia Tech's 2007 entry into the DARPA
Grand
> Challenge, a competition for driverless vehicles financed by the
Defence
> Department's research arm.
>
>
>
> The blind organisation was impressed by the invention, saying it is
part of
> a broader mission, which will change the way people perceive the
blind.
>
>
>
> Mark Riccobono, executive director of The NFB's Jernigan Institute,
said:
> "This will change when people see that we can do something that they
thought
> was impossible."
>
>
>
> Source:
>
> http://www.thehindu.com
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